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Consumer Reports Health: Central-Line Infection Rates in Los Angeles Hospitals Vary Dramatically; Some Hospitals Not Reporting
Date:2/2/2010

YONKERS, N.Y., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospitals in Los Angeles vary dramatically in terms of how well their intensive care units (ICUs) prevent central-line bloodstream infections, a cause of death, disability, and expense in our nations' hospitals that is largely preventable.  On February 2, www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org will post hospital infection rates for 41 Los Angeles area hospitals, along with other critical patient safety and satisfaction information for consumers.  Bloodstream infections cause at least 30 percent of the estimated 99,000 annual hospital-infection-related deaths in the U.S. and add on average $42,000 to the hospital bills of each ICU patient who gets a central-line infection.

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Of the Los Angeles area hospitals rated by Consumer Reports Health, four reported zero central line infections:  Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Kaiser Foundation Hospital Harbor City, Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, and Monterey Park Hospital.  Other hospitals with lower than average infection rates include: Huntington Memorial Hospital, which reported a rate that is 86 percent better than the
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